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James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
Do you think that the Old One from Demon's Souls is Nyarlathotep?
Nope.

Who do you think it is then?

Shadow Lodge

James Jacobs wrote:
doc the grey wrote:

Don't know if you've discussed this yet but here it goes.

What is the percent chance of finding technological items in a settlement in Numeria using the minor, medium, and major magic items rules for settlements from the GMG?

As it stands I'm running a home game with a similar amount of tech and am wanting to incorporate it but want to get a feel for what percentage of special items in towns like these would actually be week to week.

There is no percent chance. Technological items are INCREDIBLY polarizing, and giving raw numbers to force them into appearing would vex too many people. Each GM needs to decide if they appear or not, and since they're built using the same assumptions as magic items, once a GM decides they do appear, they should appear more or less equally with magic items.

Well I know that but I'm referring to an area like Numeria where they are more common and specifically in reference to the random minor, medium, and major items you roll for settlements to have each week that are above their base value.

I'm working on something for my home game and I'm thinking that it likely has the same chance of finding random technological gear as you would in most settlements within Numeria but I was wondering what that chance would be compared to other magical gear? Like on that big minor, medium, major magic item list what percentage of each one does it take up and what items lose percentages to accommodate for that? Like are vanilla magical weapons less common because tech supplements it more, do they eat into the percentages of things like scrolls and potions since they have things like pharmaceuticals, or is it all something that takes out of Wonderous Items?

Hopefully that makes it a bit more clear. I'm not looking for what that equates to in places like Andoran or Cheliax just how common you feel they are in these terms in a place like Numeria where they originate from.

Hopefully that is a bit clearer as I feel like I might have not phrased that correctly the first time.

Shadow Lodge

Ohh also, when you buy timeworn gear do you reduce its price if it does not have full charges similar to what we do now with wands?

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xavier c wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
Do you think that the Old One from Demon's Souls is Nyarlathotep?
Nope.
Who do you think it is then?

I played Demons' Souls a few years ago and don't really remember which one the "old one" was, frankly. I don't think it was really anything other than what it was in the game, I guess. Just an ancient deity from a previous epoch.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

doc the grey wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
doc the grey wrote:

Don't know if you've discussed this yet but here it goes.

What is the percent chance of finding technological items in a settlement in Numeria using the minor, medium, and major magic items rules for settlements from the GMG?

As it stands I'm running a home game with a similar amount of tech and am wanting to incorporate it but want to get a feel for what percentage of special items in towns like these would actually be week to week.

There is no percent chance. Technological items are INCREDIBLY polarizing, and giving raw numbers to force them into appearing would vex too many people. Each GM needs to decide if they appear or not, and since they're built using the same assumptions as magic items, once a GM decides they do appear, they should appear more or less equally with magic items.

Well I know that but I'm referring to an area like Numeria where they are more common and specifically in reference to the random minor, medium, and major items you roll for settlements to have each week that are above their base value.

I'm working on something for my home game and I'm thinking that it likely has the same chance of finding random technological gear as you would in most settlements within Numeria but I was wondering what that chance would be compared to other magical gear? Like on that big minor, medium, major magic item list what percentage of each one does it take up and what items lose percentages to accommodate for that? Like are vanilla magical weapons less common because tech supplements it more, do they eat into the percentages of things like scrolls and potions since they have things like pharmaceuticals, or is it all something that takes out of Wonderous Items?

Hopefully that makes it a bit more clear. I'm not looking for what that equates to in places like Andoran or Cheliax just how common you feel they are in these terms in a place like Numeria where they originate from.

Hopefully that is a bit clearer as I feel...

It's still left to you as the GM. If you want my take... I guess I'd suggest reading Iron Gods. There's several different cities presented in that Adventure Path; each of them has a wildly different tech availability.

For your home game... go with whatever you prefer. Again, the technological items are balanced and built using the exact same rules we use to balance and build magic items, so from a game balance point making them as available as magic items works fine. It really does mostly boil down to the flavor you want to establish for your game... if you want tech to be more common than magic, do so. Or vice versa. It's your game, after all! :)


James Jacobs wrote:
MeanDM wrote:

Hi James,

I was reading your response regarding the Witcher 3 above, and had a somewhat random thought. I absolutely agree that a greater amount of diversity, and a respect for gender issues is vital for inclusiveness, and, frankly, just the right thing to do.

That said, is there any room for homages to the roots of many of our shared tropes in the pulp fiction presentations of things like Howard's original Conan in modern fantasy storytelling? Be that RPGs, movies etc? I go back and forth on this issue, despite loving when truly inclusive works of art are made. (For instance, Mad Max: Fury Road).

There's absolutely room for homages like that. We do them all the time in Pathifnder. But they shouldn't be the norm, and they shouldn't exclude inclusivity.

Furthermore, in the video game industry today, the landscape is toxic and damaged and poisonous in a lot of ways. It's VERY important for video games to push inclusivity right now, so that we can move beyond the toxicity. And it's MOST important for big, powerful video game companies who release super popular games to do so.

AKA: The next GTA video game should feature a black gay man as the main character. The next Assassin's Creed game should feature an asian woman as the main character. And so on. Once the biggest games start being inclusive, the smaller games will follow suit and the entire industry will become healthier. At least, that's my hope.

They can all learn a HELL of a lot from Bioware in other words.

Thanks for the thoughtful reply. I agree with all of that, and am really happy with the way Paizo handles these issues.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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doc the grey wrote:
Ohh also, when you buy timeworn gear do you reduce its price if it does not have full charges similar to what we do now with wands?

Yup.


James Jacobs wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
SCKnightHero1 wrote:

What are the deific obediences for Anubis, Sekhmet, Daikitsu, Bastet, and Wadjet?

Do you plan on releasing information about the deific obediences for these deities if you don't have the info for them?

Those deific obediences are, at this point, undesigned. They will not be designed by me in this reply, either. We do not currently have plans to design their obediences; I'd rather focus on deities that are much more widely worshiped at this point than obscure old Osirion deities.
Are you surprised that I read the list of deities that SCKnightHero listed and the only one that registered with my brain was the strangely misplaced, "Daikitsu?"

No... but I'm a bit weirded out that he put Daikitsu in there anyway.

Chances of us doing obediences for the Tian Xia deities is several orders of magnitude HIGHER than us doing Osirion deity obediences. And even then, not high.

I just threw out a bunch of deities! And those happen to be my favorite non core deities too! Sorry I weirded you out! Don't ban me please!

Anyhow, what's a good way to promote roleplaying games? We're trying to see if we can get kids to come by after school or on the weekends to come play at our store. You know something for them to do that's fun.

Silver Crusade

James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
Do you think that the Old One from Demon's Souls is Nyarlathotep?
Nope.
Who do you think it is then?
I played Demons' Souls a few years ago and don't really remember which one the "old one" was, frankly. I don't think it was really anything other than what it was in the game, I guess. Just an ancient deity from a previous epoch.

Hmm, what do you think of the fan theory that

Spoiler:
the Old One (the big tree/island looking creature (or at least the shell of said creature) at the end of the game) is the Hunter from Bloodborne's Childhood's Beginning ending (the secret one) and that the Plain Doll is the Maiden in Black?

Out of all the Souls games, which one's soundtrack is your favorite one?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

This may veer to close to a rules type question but... what do you think about animal companions receiving the racial bonuses to skills that are in the bestiaries? Like an eagle receiving a bonus to perception for example.

It could be a balance thing but it feels odd for an animal to lose some abilities after becoming a companion.

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Which game would Asmodeus be best at?

I'm guessing 'anything rigged'.

Dark Archive

Ross Byers wrote:

Which game would Asmodeus be best at?

I'm guessing 'anything rigged'.

Would it be a Game of Thrones?

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SCKnightHero1 wrote:
Anyhow, what's a good way to promote roleplaying games? We're trying to see if we can get kids to come by after school or on the weekends to come play at our store. You know something for them to do that's fun.

I suppose the best way is to run games at your local gaming store, and to welcome ALL gamers to your table.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
Do you think that the Old One from Demon's Souls is Nyarlathotep?
Nope.
Who do you think it is then?
I played Demons' Souls a few years ago and don't really remember which one the "old one" was, frankly. I don't think it was really anything other than what it was in the game, I guess. Just an ancient deity from a previous epoch.
Hmm, what do you think of the fan theory that ** spoiler omitted **

Interesting!

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Icyshadow wrote:
Out of all the Souls games, which one's soundtrack is your favorite one?

Dark Souls.

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Seannoss wrote:

This may veer to close to a rules type question but... what do you think about animal companions receiving the racial bonuses to skills that are in the bestiaries? Like an eagle receiving a bonus to perception for example.

It could be a balance thing but it feels odd for an animal to lose some abilities after becoming a companion.

I think it's a complication that's not necessary. Animal companions are already different than the monster versions, any way. Animal companions don't "lose" abilities at all; the animal companion rules aren't a template. They're their own thing. They create a "parallel" animal to the monster version, but were never intended to be 100% fully interchangeable.

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Ross Byers wrote:

Which game would Asmodeus be best at?

I'm guessing 'anything rigged'.

Any game where pride and trickery and, perhaps, the opportunity to distress and humiliate the opponent are important. He's probably really good at poker, for example. And I bet he's REALLY good at Eve Online. ;-P

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DragoDorn wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:

Which game would Asmodeus be best at?

I'm guessing 'anything rigged'.

Would it be a Game of Thrones?

No.


James Jacobs wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:

Which game would Asmodeus be best at?

I'm guessing 'anything rigged'.

Any game where pride and trickery and, perhaps, the opportunity to distress and humiliate the opponent are important. He's probably really good at poker, for example. And I bet he's REALLY good at Eve Online. ;-P

...

...

...

Asmodeus invented reality TV!


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James Jacobs wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:

Which game would Asmodeus be best at?

I'm guessing 'anything rigged'.

Any game where pride and trickery and, perhaps, the opportunity to distress and humiliate the opponent are important. He's probably really good at poker, for example. And I bet he's REALLY good at Eve Online. ;-P

Now I have this mental picture of Asmodeus as a Professional Wrestler appearing on WWE RAW SMACKDOWN or something like that. Also, totally being voiced by Macho Man Randy Savage.


James Jacobs wrote:
SCKnightHero1 wrote:
Anyhow, what's a good way to promote roleplaying games? We're trying to see if we can get kids to come by after school or on the weekends to come play at our store. You know something for them to do that's fun.
I suppose the best way is to run games at your local gaming store, and to welcome ALL gamers to your table.

Thank you for the info. Unfortunately our store isn't a gaming store. It's booksamillion. We're trying to help increase business. But I appreciate your help!

Do you plan on doing any book signings?

Dark Archive

Good day King Tyrannosaurinae,

How many Feats would this take?*

*This was actually possible in 2nd Ed, through The Complete Elves Handbook.

Radiant Oath

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Have you seen the blog "A Book of Creatures?" It's got some great stuff for the monster enthusiast in every tabletop player!

Dark Archive

Herr Jacob* Jacobs,

For ze sake of metaphysical science, vhere do Fiendish Dinosaurs roam in ze Nine Hells?

Ja, I do not mean ze Abyss Herr Jacobs.

*Jacob is "James" in German, so in German your Jacob Jacobs.

Dark Archive

Kajehase wrote:
Asmodeus invented reality TV!

[eye pop wide]

Kajehase is onto us! CR 5 guards seize him!


What odds do you give a CR 5 guard against a viking?

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SCKnightHero1 wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
SCKnightHero1 wrote:
Anyhow, what's a good way to promote roleplaying games? We're trying to see if we can get kids to come by after school or on the weekends to come play at our store. You know something for them to do that's fun.
I suppose the best way is to run games at your local gaming store, and to welcome ALL gamers to your table.

Thank you for the info. Unfortunately our store isn't a gaming store. It's booksamillion. We're trying to help increase business. But I appreciate your help!

Do you plan on doing any book signings?

Only at PaizoCon and Gen Con.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:

Good day King Tyrannosaurinae,

How many Feats would this take?*

*This was actually possible in 2nd Ed, through The Complete Elves Handbook.

Two feets. As pictured. The left and the right.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Have you seen the blog "A Book of Creatures?" It's got some great stuff for the monster enthusiast in every tabletop player!

I have indeed.

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Dr. Tesla Oppenhiemer Mengele wrote:

Herr Jacob* Jacobs,

For ze sake of metaphysical science, vhere do Fiendish Dinosaurs roam in ze Nine Hells?

Ja, I do not mean ze Abyss Herr Jacobs.

*Jacob is "James" in German, so in German your Jacob Jacobs.

Dinosaurs don't go to Hell. They go to Heaven.

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Kajehase wrote:
What odds do you give a CR 5 guard against a viking?

Depends if Erik Mona's the GM.

Radiant Oath

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Dr. Tesla Oppenhiemer Mengele wrote:

Herr Jacob* Jacobs,

For ze sake of metaphysical science, vhere do Fiendish Dinosaurs roam in ze Nine Hells?

Ja, I do not mean ze Abyss Herr Jacobs.

*Jacob is "James" in German, so in German your Jacob Jacobs.

Dinosaurs don't go to Hell. They go to Heaven.

Did they buy Whizzo Butter? It's absolutely indistinguishable from a dead crab!


Dear James of the Creative Carnivores,

When you stalk the halls of Paizo, what music is usually running through your head?

As I rampage through the cubicle farm of my office space "Here to Stay" by PIG is usually playing as my mental background theme.

Just curious.

-HB

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Holybushman wrote:

Dear James of the Creative Carnivores,

When you stalk the halls of Paizo, what music is usually running through your head?

As I rampage through the cubicle farm of my office space "Here to Stay" by PIG is usually playing as my mental background theme.

Just curious.

-HB

Lately? The soundtrack to Fury Road.

Grand Lodge

You may have already asked this, in which case I apologize but a Google check didn't find anything of relevance. Are there any world conquering/invasion aliens in Pathfinder? The ones I found seemed to be more for peace and exploration than "Mars Attacks!", "War of the Worlds", or "Battlefield Earth".

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kevin_video wrote:
You may have already asked this, in which case I apologize but a Google check didn't find anything of relevance. Are there any world conquering/invasion aliens in Pathfinder? The ones I found seemed to be more for peace and exploration than "Mars Attacks!", "War of the Worlds", or "Battlefield Earth".

The Dominion of the Black is likely the best fit for that plot. See "Iron Gods" and "Doom Comes to Dustpawn."

The bulk of the Dominion is made up of neh-thalggus, but there's all sorts of other critters in there as well.

Silver Crusade Contributor

James Jacobs wrote:
kevin_video wrote:
You may have already asked this, in which case I apologize but a Google check didn't find anything of relevance. Are there any world conquering/invasion aliens in Pathfinder? The ones I found seemed to be more for peace and exploration than "Mars Attacks!", "War of the Worlds", or "Battlefield Earth".

The Dominion of the Black is likely the best fit for that plot. See "Iron Gods" and "Doom Comes to Dustpawn."

The bulk of the Dominion is made up of neh-thalggus, but there's all sorts of other critters in there as well.

Not to step on your answer here, but Council of Thieves refers to a tripod-like construct that could "project beams of searing heat from a tentacle-like arm". Lirgeni wizards determined that the giant tripod was from Akiton...

Bit of a footnote, so I thought I'd remind you. Sorry. ^_^

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Kalindlara wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
kevin_video wrote:
You may have already asked this, in which case I apologize but a Google check didn't find anything of relevance. Are there any world conquering/invasion aliens in Pathfinder? The ones I found seemed to be more for peace and exploration than "Mars Attacks!", "War of the Worlds", or "Battlefield Earth".

The Dominion of the Black is likely the best fit for that plot. See "Iron Gods" and "Doom Comes to Dustpawn."

The bulk of the Dominion is made up of neh-thalggus, but there's all sorts of other critters in there as well.

Not to step on your answer here, but Council of Thieves refers to a tripod-like construct that could "project beams of searing heat from a tentacle-like arm". Lirgeni wizards determined that the giant tripod was from Akiton...

Bit of a footnote, so I thought I'd remind you. Sorry. ^_^

One machine stepping through the Red Portal does not a world conquering invasion, make :) I assume that that story only referred to a single construct, not an army of them?

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:
Dr. Tesla Oppenhiemer Mengele wrote:

Herr Jacob* Jacobs,

For ze sake of metaphysical science, vhere do Fiendish Dinosaurs roam in ze Nine Hells?
Dinosaurs don't go to Hell. They go to Heaven.

What about Tyrannosaurus Para Rex allied to the House of Thrune?

Radiant Oath

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

How do threads become hidden? The threads for a game I'm in just became hidden all of a sudden, and now I can't find them in my campaigns!


Hi James! A quick question concerning "unchained" (which is a great book by the way). The new "unchained" summoner now has an eidolon which has a specific creature sub-type and specific alignment sub-types. For example the summoner might have an eidolon with the following type and subtyoe - "outsider (archon, good, lawful, extraplanar)". Now I may have misunderstood the pathfinder rules in a serious way, but as I understand it, any creature with the "good" sub-type deals damage which overcomes DR/good (and likewise for chaotic, evil and lawful subtypes). So my question is: was it the intention of the authors that under the new "unchained" rules, for example, an archon eidolon would be able to overcome DR/good and DR/lawful at 1st level? That seems to be a very big change in the context of a summoner's ability to take on outsiders of the opposing alignment - and here I'm thinking of the upcoming Hell's Rebels adventure path (or for that matter the Worldwound adventure path). As far as I can recall, at 1st level, only a Paladin would have the ability to overcome DR/good - and then only once per day with his smite evil ability. Most spells which allow weapons to overcome DR are 2nd level or higher (ie only available to characters of 3rd/4th level or higher.

Liberty's Edge

Hey James. Not looking for a release hint or anything, but have you ever tossed around the idea of doing a Module/Campaign homage to the Shadow Out of Time involving Sarusan?


Dear James,

Do you have the fiendish Tyrannasaurus miniature from the old dnd line?
Were you aware that you can take PC sized mini and fix it in its mouth?

Dark Archive

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Christopher Lee passed today, and the world is lessened with him no longer in it. What was your favorite role that he portrayed on screen?

Radiant Oath

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Since as you've said, Varisia is basically the West Coast, where on Golarion does that put Minnesota?

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Kalindlara wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
kevin_video wrote:
You may have already asked this, in which case I apologize but a Google check didn't find anything of relevance. Are there any world conquering/invasion aliens in Pathfinder? The ones I found seemed to be more for peace and exploration than "Mars Attacks!", "War of the Worlds", or "Battlefield Earth".

The Dominion of the Black is likely the best fit for that plot. See "Iron Gods" and "Doom Comes to Dustpawn."

The bulk of the Dominion is made up of neh-thalggus, but there's all sorts of other critters in there as well.

Not to step on your answer here, but Council of Thieves refers to a tripod-like construct that could "project beams of searing heat from a tentacle-like arm". Lirgeni wizards determined that the giant tripod was from Akiton...

Bit of a footnote, so I thought I'd remind you. Sorry. ^_^

It's also a pretty obvious H G Wells easter egg. Not sure we'll ever go anywhere with that, since I kinda want to keep those as Martians, and Mars is a lot further away than Akiton. AKA: Often, if you don't see us talk about something we printed years and years ago, it's because we're trying to let it fall away into obscurity.

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Para Field Marshal Von Cheliax wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Dr. Tesla Oppenhiemer Mengele wrote:

Herr Jacob* Jacobs,

For ze sake of metaphysical science, vhere do Fiendish Dinosaurs roam in ze Nine Hells?
Dinosaurs don't go to Hell. They go to Heaven.
What about Tyrannosaurus Para Rex allied to the House of Thrune?

No Rex would stoop so low. It's canon that dinosaurs oppose House Thrune.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
How do threads become hidden? The threads for a game I'm in just became hidden all of a sudden, and now I can't find them in my campaigns!

Dunno; that's a question for the tech team or customer service.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Timothy Ferdinand wrote:
Hi James! A quick question concerning "unchained" (which is a great book by the way). The new "unchained" summoner now has an eidolon which has a specific creature sub-type and specific alignment sub-types. For example the summoner might have an eidolon with the following type and subtyoe - "outsider (archon, good, lawful, extraplanar)". Now I may have misunderstood the pathfinder rules in a serious way, but as I understand it, any creature with the "good" sub-type deals damage which overcomes DR/good (and likewise for chaotic, evil and lawful subtypes). So my question is: was it the intention of the authors that under the new "unchained" rules, for example, an archon eidolon would be able to overcome DR/good and DR/lawful at 1st level? That seems to be a very big change in the context of a summoner's ability to take on outsiders of the opposing alignment - and here I'm thinking of the upcoming Hell's Rebels adventure path (or for that matter the Worldwound adventure path). As far as I can recall, at 1st level, only a Paladin would have the ability to overcome DR/good - and then only once per day with his smite evil ability. Most spells which allow weapons to overcome DR are 2nd level or higher (ie only available to characters of 3rd/4th level or higher.

That is an excellent question for the Rules Forum and an FAQ.

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